The man who was behind the wheel in the horrific March 3 Brooklyn crash that killed a Monsey-reared man, his wife and their infant son pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Julio Acevedo, 44, was traveling at nearly 70 mph -- more than twice the legal speed limit -- when his BMW slammed into a livery cab in Williamsburg early that morning, prosecutors say. Nachman Glauber and his wife, Raizy, both 21, died of their injuries that day. Their child, who was delivered via C-section, died a day later.
If convicted, Acevedo faces life in prison.
Acevedo's family describe him as a dedicated family man who quit his job to become a stay-at-home father. His mother told the New York Daily News he's "not the monster they're portraying him to be."
A message left for Kathleen Julian, Acevedo's attorney, was not immediately returned Thursday.
Acevedo allegedly fled the accident scene, sparking a four-day manhunt that ended when Derrick Hamilton, a friend of the Brooklyn man, negotiated Acevedo's surrender, which occurred at a Bethlehem, Pa., convenience store.
The defendant served about a decade in prison for manslaughter in the 1990s after he was convicted of shooting Kelvin Martin, a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker "50 Cent" was the inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's current stage name.
Last month, officers stopped Acevedo for driving erratically. He was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, well over the .08 percent limit for legal intoxication in the state, police said, and was charged with driving while under the influence.
It remains unknown whether Acevedo was intoxicated when he crashed into the livery cab in which the Glaubers were passengers.
The driver of the cab suffered only minor injuries and later received an order of protection.
The details of how the deadly crash unfolded and how Acevedo came to possess the BMW are under investigation. The registered owner, Takia Walker, was arrested on insurance fraud charges in a scam involving the car, police said. She was not involved in the crash.
Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family. Her husband was studying at a rabbinical college. His family founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews. The couple and their baby were buried in Kiryas Joel at a cemetery affiliated with their Satmar Hasidic denomination.
Acevedo is being held without bail. His next court appearance will be in May.
With Ken Schachter, Chau Lam, Anthony M. DeStefano, Igor Kossov and Ellen Yan and The Associated Press